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Faint printout My printouts have a faint streak from top to bottom near the center of the document. The black ink is faded, in particular. I've tried taking the imaging unit out and cleaning the inside of the printer. I've also tried emptying the waste toner container. I still have the same problem, and I can't find any information about how to clean the print heads. Please help.

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  • M Johnson Jul 24, 2008

    Yes. I'm noticing all of what you have described above after all of the reviews that I have read already. Thanks for answering my question. I'll check out the Konica-Minolta and the Xerox-Phaser.

  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    I have replaced the black ink toner, it now does not print the left side of any prints, thought it was a faulty toner, so I bought a 2nd one, still the same.

    How do you fix this?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    i have a kodak espoffice 2170 and the black is streaked and faint even after running diagnostics and taking the print head out and soaking it in hot water. any suggestions?


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Thanks. I looked at the transfer belt last night and, yes indeed, it did in fact have scratches on it. I think I'm just going to get rid of the whole thing. When i add everything up -- toner, parts, etc. -- it equals a new printer. Any suggestions on one of quality? Thanks for taking the time to explain how the laser works from the inside, too. I was wondering about that. I'll have to read it a couple of times to get it, but I was wondering about that. :) Take care.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

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So we all understand; there is no ink your printer. In an inkjet printer, liquid pigment is sprayed from print heads directly on the paper where it dries and makes an image. Your printer has toner, which is a pigmented powder. I'm sure you found this when you cleaned the waste toner container.

The simple:
A laser printer draws an image on a rotating drum which then rolls into a tub of toner. Anywhere the laser hit, toner sticks, where it didn't hit, it doesn't stick. The drum rolls over a piece of paper (transfer belt with 1-pass color) and the toner rubs off onto the paper - it's still powder. The paper then goes through an oven (developing drum or fuser) which melts the toner onto the paper. BaM! Out comes your document.

A consistent line going from top to bottom of every page printed means one of the following:
1) A band of evil is thinly encircling the imaging drum causing it to pick up toner where it has not been hit by the laser. Check the imaging drum for lines that match the ones on your paper. Replace if necessary.
2) The transfer belt has a line of evil on it. Look at the belt in the right light in order to see scratches and such. Replace as necessary.
3) If your streak is an anti-streak, which is the LACK of toner. You need a new imaging drum. It's damaged. Unless it's a smudge, then its the fuser.

You can clean things inside very carefully with a cloth, but I always use compressed air. The CLP-300 is very compact and cheap and is not really made to be repaired. Replace the parts, or throw it away.

I understand that at this time July 18, 2008, you can purchase this unit for as low as $99 US after mail-in rebate. Check your local or online (newegg) retailer.

Questions? Ask. Good Luck.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

  • Pavel Jul 22, 2008

    When trolling for a new laser printer, you will often find the age-old inkjet printer scam: Cheap printer, expensive supplies.

    Most often, more money spent means higher quality build, faster print speeds, and lower-cost supplies. Also, the better printers tend to have larger toner loads, (maybe 4x) but will cost twice as much. It's tough to pay $200 bucks for each toner color for a home printer.

    I've had good luck with the Konica-Minolta and the Xerox-Phaser.
    That's all I can say about that. Read reviews online. They are everywhere.


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